As the WWE Universe eagerly anticipates Survivor Series, an annual wrestling extravaganza, the absence of one major superstar has left fans in disbelief. Roman Reigns, the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, who graced last year’s event with his presence, will not be part of the lineup for this year’s showdown in Chicago.
The Survivor Series, one of WWE’s traditional “big four” shows, has witnessed such overwhelming ticket sales that the organizers had to modify the stage setup to accommodate the soaring demand. However, the anticipation doesn’t end with increased seating capacity. Speculation is running wild among fans about the possible returns of wrestling legends CM Punk and Randy Orton, who might make dramatic appearances at the event. As we await the card’s finalization, one thing is clear – this Survivor Series promises to be an unforgettable night for wrestling enthusiasts.
Roman Reigns, the powerhouse Universal Champion, has been making headlines throughout his tenure, but his reduced schedule in recent times has raised questions about his participation in major events. Currently, Reigns is set to clash with LA Knight in the main event at Crown Jewel, leaving fans wondering whether he would square off against World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins at Survivor Series.
Last year, Reigns was an integral part of the event, leading his faction, The Bloodline, with Sami Zayn, to a triumphant victory against The Brawling Brutes, consisting of Drew McIntyre and Kevin Owens. However, this year seems to be a different story. According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Roman Reigns is not only excluded from the WarGames match but is also not scheduled to wrestle at Survivor Series. “Reigns is not scheduled for Survivor Series, which is notable because it is considered a big four event. He defends at Crown Jewel, and his next scheduled PPV match won’t be until Royal Rumble,” Meltzer stated.
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Though the absence of WWE’s biggest star at one of their grandest shows may be surprising to some, it is in line with Reigns reduced in-ring appearances. With a roster full of marquee talents, WWE seems to be flourishing without leaning heavily on Reigns. Following his anticipated victory over LA Knight at Crown Jewel, fans can expect to see little of the Tribal Chief until Royal Rumble season, with a potential rematch against Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania 40 on the horizon.
Survivor Series, meanwhile, might revolve around Cody Rhodes, who seems poised to carry on his father Dusty Rhodes’ legacy in the match gimmick, WarGames. Speculations are rife about potential lineups involving Rhodes, Jey Uso, and other wrestling stalwarts like LA Knight, John Cena, Randy Orton, and Sami Zayn.
In the absence of Roman Reigns, Survivor Series 2023 is shaping up to be a night of surprises, intrigue, and legendary showdowns. While the absence of the Universal Champion is a disappointment for many fans, it also symbolizes the WWE’s commitment to a roster filled with star power. As we eagerly await the event on November 25 in Chicago, wrestling enthusiasts can rest assured that the WWE will continue to deliver thrilling and unforgettable moments, ensuring that Survivor Series remains a must-watch spectacle in the world of sports entertainment.